Remembering the O-Rena: Scott Skiles Sets Assist Mark

The Amway Center is opened its doors to basketball on October 10 for a preseason game between the Magic and the Hornets. The regular season starts October 28 as Orlando takes on Washington. With the countdown on to the premier of the Magic’s new building, I thought it would be good to give Orlando Arena a proper send-off and recount some of the best memories from our old home.

We are t-minus 17 days until regular season basketball in the Amway Center!

Quick, who holds the record for most assists in a single game?

No, it is not John Stockton. Or Mark Jackson. Or Jason Kidd. Or Chris Paul.

Time’s up. The answer is Scott Skiles.

The little-known, scrappy point guard from Michigan State was a pick in the expansion draft for Orlando in 1989. He never distinguished himself as an All Star in his career, but was a constant fixture as one of the best passers in the league.

In 1990, Denver was a run-and-gun team. The Nuggets did not meet a shot they did not like. The Magic were much this way too in the early years. So when Denver made a trip to Orlando Arena on December 30, 1990, the conditions were perfect for something truly special. The rest, as they say, is history. And 30 assists later, Scott Skiles had his name in the record book.

We will be reminiscing about Orlando Arena for the rest of the summer. Have a memory you would like remembered? Tweet us with your memories @OMagicDaily, comment to this article or contact us through the Web site.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily